Residents of Loni in Ghaziabad claimed that five persons,including three children,have died in the past week from diarrhoea. The villagers claimed that the five had contracted the disease after drinking contaminated water supplied from the Ghaziabad Nagar Palika water tank.
They said around 20 others,most of them children,have have been admitted to various hospitals in the city with severe infections of the stomach and intestine.
Officials of the district administration confirmed that they had received complaints regarding these deaths and were investigating the matter.
They said,so far,there was no evidence to connect the deaths to water contamination in a Ghaziabad Nagar Palika water tank,as alleged by residents. No case has been registered in matter so far.
Ajay Aggarwal,Chief Medical Officer,Ghaziabad,confirmed that those who had been admitted to the district hospital had symptoms of consuming contaminated water.
A team has been sent to take samples of water from the overhead tank in Roopnagar. The symptoms of the children are concurrent with those of diarrhoea caused by water contamination, he said.
Anwar Shah,a relative of one of those admitted at the district hospital,said,A foul smell was emanating from the water tank over the past few weeks. We had reported this to the authorities,but no action was taken. A majority of those who are seriously ill are children. They have been vomiting constantly. The water tank is the only source of drinking water in Roopnagar area, he said.
SVS Ranga Rao,the district magistrate for Ghaziabad,said there was no evidence to connect the deaths to water contamination.
D K Ray,chairman of the Ghaziabad Nagar Palika,said,I have inspected the overhead tank in Roopnagar area and inquiries are on. We will take necessary action based on the inquiries.